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MARCIN MACIEJOWSKI
Marcin Maciejowski, Mass, oil on canvas, 2005, 40x50cm

"I live here and I feel good here" was the title of Marcin Maciejowski's weekly cartoon for "Przekr├│j" Magazine - a news and culture journal. This statement may be treated both as Marcin's private motto as well as his artistic agenda. His paintings and cartoons provide an exceptional documentation of the Polish mentality in the block-of-flats-tough-guys era. Maciejowski's attitude to work is reminiscent of the realists from the 19th century. He is being very straightforward and tries to depict what he sees - fragments of reality, resembling a TV opera, based on basic feelings and gestures; the reality which often comes close to tabloid headlines and TV thrillers. He paints a picture of a stereotypical Pole's life, in which love, sex, sport, military service, accidents, gossips play crucial roles. The Poles' existence, as shown by Maciejowski, seems picturesque. The women try to look beautiful and sexy, and the men want to be perceived as strong and tough. Maciejowski's painting is less of a social critique than a search for identity. Each one of the anonymous crowd or faces searches for it. These paintings and cartoons make us see things differently and take a closer look at what seemed to us to be simply artificial, cheap or banal. Maciejowski's painting does not contain much cynicism, but it is painting with character.


Marcin Maciejowski, born in 1974, graduated from the Graphic Art Department at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts (2001). Co-founder and member of Ladnie Group (1995-2001). Marcin Maciejowski's work is currently in "Superstars" at the Kunsthalle Wien and has appeared in "Nation," at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Art Basel 35 Statements, and the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow. He has had solo exhibitions at galleries such as Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna and Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles. This is his first solo exhibition in New York City. Marcin Maciejowski lives and works in Krakow, Poland.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2004

- Dziupla/Schlupfloch/Stash, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland

- Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


2003

- New and recent (with Rafal Bujnowski), IBID Projects, London, Great Britain

- Lets behave normally, PGS, Sopot, Poland

- Drawings, Polityka, Warsaw, Poland


2002

- What is it to live here today?, AMS Outdoor Gallery, 400 billboards around Poland

- Traurig, schoen, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria

- I live here and I feel good here, Zacheta - National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

- Hier leben sie und hier geht es ihnen gut, Polnisches Institut, Berlin, Germany

- New workplaces, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland

- Why did so many Poles went abroad?, Bayer Studio, Warsaw, Poland


2001

- I try to protect children from seeing such scenes, Raster, Warsaw, Poland

- Poland, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow, Poland

- 18. Stadtmaler, Galerie am Werk, Leverkusen, Germany


2000

- Sport and Care, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow, Poland


1999

- Kola Gallery, Art History Institute, Krakow, Poland


1998

- Pictures about the good, love and culture, Culture Club, Krakow, Poland


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2004

- Habitat, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

- Far West, Near East. New Art From Poland, Forum Kunst & Architektur, Essen, Germany

- Concern├ęs, La Maison Folie de Wazemmes, Lille, F; Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland

- Under The Red & White Flag, New Art from Poland, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Under The Red & White Flag, New Art from Poland, Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia


2003

- 10 Years Art-Competition "Paszport Polityki", Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

- Dessinez avec Desiree, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria


2002

- Supermarket of Art III, DAP Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

- Endlich eine gute Ausstellung, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Salzburg, Austria

- Indeed young ones are realists, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

- Dobrze, In Ordnung, Kunstbuero, Vienna; Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria

- Art on the road, AMS Outdoor Gallery, Krakow, Poland


2001

- The famous Ladnie Group, Sektor I Gallery, GCK, Katowice, Poland

- 1st friday of the month (Ladnie Group), Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland

- Popelita, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland

- Good, Raster, Warsaw, Poland

- Fish eye, Baltic Gallery for Contemporay Art, Slupsk/Ustka, Poland

- Relax, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland


2000

- Paint me, Art Exhibition Hall, Zielona Gora, Poland

- Trafik.Kunst, Polnisches Institut, Vienna, Austria

- Ladnie Group in D'Arcy, D'Arcy Agency, Warsaw, Poland

- Scene 2000, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

- Postpoetry, Otwarta Pracownia Gallery, Krakow, Poland

- Zderzak Gallery: 100% Painting, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland


Biography by the Raster Gallery in Warsaw. For more on Maciejowski visit http://raster.art.pl
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